Among the members of the CYCLE WORLD staff at the Daytona races, reported in this issue, above you see me astride a Sonic fairing equipped Honda Super Hawk, and Jack Fullwood, CYCLE WORLD’S Advertising Mgr., on the new Norton Electra. The machines were graciously loaned to us by American Honda and Berliner Motors respectively, for our personal transportation around the vast racing plant and the town of Daytona.
We have seen motorcycle gasoline tanks put to some unusual uses but the young lady seen here is using the first portable, self-propelled vanity case we’ve ever seen. The photograph, furnished us by Gene Shillingford of Shillingford & Sons, Enfield distributors for middle and south Atlantic states, appeared in the Daytona Journal during racing week.
Consider my wrists thoroughly slapped for saying in this column in the April issue that I knew of no firm making cams for Hondas; I of course missed mentioning the firm of Harman & Collins, one of our advertisers and an old firm with an excellent reputation.
NEVER FARTHER RACK than fifth place, Ralph White played a waiting game that paid off to the tune of $3000 in the 26th annual running of the Daytona 200-Mile National Championship race, first big win for the San Diego, California college student.
THE BRIGHT DREAM of many motorcycle enthusiasts is to own a machine that is equally at home being ridden back and forth to work, and out on a race course. There are, obviously, not very many motorcycles that fit this description. Of those that do, one of the most prominent is Honda's 250cc, model CB-72 Hawk.
SOMETIMES, the most unlikely of the machines we get for testing turn out to be the most impressive, and that is the way things developed in the case of the Jawa 250 Moto Cross. We had remembered the 250 touring bike as being well made, and smooth, but there is a long gap between a good, smooth street machine and a fire-breathing competition dirt bike, and that made us a little less than enthusiastic about the test we had scheduled.
....though slanted for the western traveler, a Pandora's box of useful tips.
IT USED TO BE that on every motorcycle trip there would be some item I forgot to take along, usually a towel or tooth-brush or something minor. But now I have a simple system that works beautifully. A few days before leaving I start a list of the items that are easily overlooked.
ONE MACHINE FROM OUT OF THE PAST that conjures up nostalgic images of smooth, quiet, almost auto-mobile-like running is the fabulous four-cylinder Indian of the thirties and forties like the handsome example shown on these pages. Production stopped on these machines February 1st, 1942, shortly after our entry into the big war.
IT SEEMS THAT nearly everyone can count among his ancestors, some relative whose almost legendary quality causes stories of his life and deeds to be handed down through following generations. I myself have not been underprivileged in this department, as many a frosty eve has been spent by me before the cheery hearth, listening to my aged relatives repeating the exploits of my Great Uncle Clyde.
THE IMMENSELY SOPHISTICATED field of sidecar building and racing in Europe is reaching stages never dreamed of, witness the weird appearing BMW rig shown on this page. This “ultimate" unit was designed and built by a young Swiss named Rudy Kust for the famous Fritz Scheidegger at a cost of over $3,500, indicative of what is required to stay out in front.
THE INTERNATIONAL Hutchinson Hundred is renowned for the high standard of racing which it always seems to produce. This year’s meeting was no exception and a great crowd of over twenty thousand was there to see two 500cc Gilera four-cylinder machines being raced for the first time since 1957.
BACK IN BUSINESS AGAIN are the road race aces and the stars of international moto-cross as once more the crackle of open exhausts blows away the cobwebs of winter and the new season starts. The 250cc moto-cross world championship is already two meetings old and bang into the lead on points goes last year’s champion Torsten Hallman, riding his Husqvarna.
THE first thing to remember in teaching a girl to ride a motorcycle is that she is a girl, because this job will take more patience and understanding than ordinarily needed for teaching a buddy. One of the most important steps is to get her relaxed and convinced that she can do it, if she wants to.
THIS MONTH'S off-the-road vehicle, or trail scooter, is almost the epitome of machines of this type. There is nothing about it we have not seen before, but what is there, is good. It weighs 130 pounds, average for machines of its type, and is very sturdily constructed of large diameter steel tubing with very neat welds at all joints.
All items were a part of the equipment used by Bill Johnson and Joe Dudek on the world record breaking Triumph, including the Jomo racing camshafts (shown) for all twins, from $49.95. Other accessories include Jomo racing pistons, valve springs and valves, Bell helmets, Dunlop tires, Renold chains, Amal carburetors, Lodge spark plugs and Smiths tachometers. Distributed by Johnson Motors, Inc., 267 W. Colorado, Dept. CW, Pasadena, Calif., sold by Triumph dealers everywhere.
Two new seats from Sonic; the 21" long, 7-8½” wide Honda Isle of Man model weighs only 2 lbs., the 28" long, 6-8½" wide Daytona unit weighs but 3½ lbs. Top quality leather upholstery with removable snaps for mounting ease, light-weight construction throughout. Inner rubber molding, rubber sponge and felt padding give extra comfort for long distance events. Either seat $24.50 from Sonic Plastics, Inc., 1863 National Ave., Dept. CW, Hayward, Calif.
Boon to street rider and hunter alike, this Honda Trail 50 Silencer reduces noise by a remarkable degree, fits over existing standard spark arrester in seconds. No holes to drill, finished in chrome; allows legal street operation. $4.95 from American Sports Co., Dept. CW, 8217 Lankershim Blvd., No. Hollywood, Cal-if.
Illustrated 32-page catalog has descriptions and prices of more than 600 items available through Harley Davidson dealers, including riding clothes, saddle-bags, windshields, service manuals, dual exhaust systems, luggage carriers, spot-lights, tools, batteries, lubricants, spray paints, etc. Available from all Harley dealers, it also contains photos of '63 H-D models and a schedule of National Championship races.
Tab-Loc Sprockets have expanded their line of split and unsplit alloy sprockets to include: Yamaha YDS-2, Honda Hawk CB72, CB77; bolt-on sizes 33T to 48T, overlays 50T to 62T. Honda CL72 Scrambler, bolt on 33T to 50T, overlays 52T to 57T. Priced from $11.95 to $13.95. Honda Cub splined steel transmission sprockets sizes 12, 14, 15, hardened, price $2.J50. Available at dealers, write for brochure on other sizes, Tab-Loc Sprockets, 6234½ N. Irwindale, Dept. CW, Azusa, Calif.
An all-leather billfold, embossed with a motorcycle, is offered by Cycle Style, 641 Bruce St., Dpt. CW, Ridgefield, N.J. Constructed of top grade cowhide, the sturdy one-piece wallet is silk lined, has movable stays, removable pass case with eight views for cards, a hidden enclosure, and turned-in center section. Retail price $3.50; club and dealer inquiries invited.
I’ve been looking through back issues of CYCLE WORLD, I like the way you call a spade a spade. For one thing the Outlaws are here to stay. You got to admit there a uniform group, levi jackets and pants and black boots and there machines are 9 out of 10 H-D 74 inchers and over.
THE Motorcycling Federation of Japan (MFJ) began publishing a handsome 42-page monthly magazine in March. Named "Riding" and sub-titled "MFJ Report," the initial edition was jam-packed with motorcycle news, race reports, technical articles and even some advertisements, mostly from gasoline and parts and accessories companies.
WHEN Ronnie Rall rode in his first professional event, a half-mile dirt track race at Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 1960, he finished first in his heat and first in the main event, a remarkable feat indeed. But despite his lack of Class C experience, the Mansfield, Ohio rider was no novice in the true sense, for he started riding at the age of nine and is a firm believer in the ever-valid adage, "practice makes perfect."
FOR THE FIRST TIME since the White Trophy was donated nine years ago, this high point trophy has been won by a rider from Quebec Province, Yvon du Hamel. Yvon came to prominence as a half-mile dirt track rider, and his wins in this field were sufficient to gain him the number one plate for 1961.
MOTOR CYCLES AND HOW TO MANAGE THEM — By the staff of The Motor Cycle, London. Motor Racing Books, 7302 S. La Cienega Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. $2.95 THE FIRST EDITION of this book was published in 1900, when motorcycles were in their infancy and mechanisms were simple.
TWENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD John Hartle has been chosen to support Derek Minter in the Scuderia Duke attempt to win world honours in the 350 and 500 classics with Gilera machines this year. Yet Hartle did not even race last season for he was recovering from an arm injury received in September 1961.